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On Friday, the court released an order from the Dec. 4 conference. The justices granted a pair of consolidated cases regarding Medicaid work requirements for a combined one hour of oral argument.

Hidalgo v. Arizona

Petition for certiorari denied on March 19, 2018
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
17-251 Ariz. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2017

Issues: (1) Whether Arizona's capital sentencing scheme, which includes so many aggravating circumstances that virtually every defendant convicted of first-degree murder is eligible for death, violates the Eighth Amendment; and (2) whether the death penalty in and of itself violates the Eighth Amendment, in light of contemporary standards of decency.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
May 30 2017Application (16A1185) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from June 13, 2017 to July 14, 2017, submitted to Justice Kennedy.
Jun 06 2017Application (16A1185) granted by Justice Kennedy extending the time to file until July 14, 2017.
Jun 28 2017Application (16A1185) to extend further the time from July 14, 2017 to August 12, 2017, submitted to Justice Kennedy.
Jun 29 2017Application (16A1185) granted by Justice Kennedy extending the time to file until August 12, 2017.
Aug 14 2017Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due September 15, 2017)
Sep 08 2017Order extending time to file response to petition to and including October 16, 2017.
Sep 15 2017Brief amicus curiae of Amnesty International filed.
Sep 15 2017Brief amicus curiae of Fair Punishment Project filed.
Sep 15 2017Brief amici curiae of The Promise of Justice Initiative, et al. filed.
Sep 15 2017Brief amici curiae of Former and Current Arizona Judges, Prosecutors, Defenders, Legislators and Others filed.
Oct 16 2017Brief of respondent Arizona in opposition filed.
Oct 31 2017Reply of petitioner Abel Hidalgo filed.
Nov 01 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 11/21/2017.
Nov 13 2017Rescheduled.
Nov 27 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 12/1/2017.
Dec 04 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 12/8/2017.
Dec 06 2017Record Requested.
Dec 11 2017Record received from Supreme Court of Arizona. (One envelope with sealed materials; the remainder of the record is electronic.)
Dec 26 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/5/2018.
Jan 08 2018DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/12/2018.
Jan 16 2018DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/19/2018.
Feb 05 2018DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 2/16/2018.
Feb 20 2018DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 2/23/2018.
Feb 26 2018DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 3/2/2018.
Mar 12 2018DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 3/16/2018.
Mar 19 2018Rescheduled.
Mar 19 2018Petition DENIED Statement of Justice Breyer, with whom Justice Ginsburg, Justice Sotomayor, and Justice Kagan join, respecting the denial of certiorari. (Detached Opinion)
Jul 13 2018Record returned to the Supreme Court of Arizona.
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